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A great winter destination, Japan offers many resorts for beginner and expert skiers to try.

The rising number of ski resorts in Japan has been attributed by the ever growing number of people wanting to master the art of skiing. Skiing is a winter sporting activity that involves the use of long runners, commonly known as skis that are attached to boots or shoes. The long runners are then used to travel over ice or snow. The special art of skiing requires lots of skills to master. With the ever rising number of people looking for ways to master the skiing techniques, there have been great developments of different types of skiing methods. These methods of skiing can be broadly classified as either freestyle skiing or cross-country skiing.

There are more than five hundred registered ski resorts in Japan that are widely known for the high level of skiing services they offer. Most of these resorts are located in the northern island of Hokkaido and the southern mainland of Kyushu. These ski resorts record large numbers of professional skiers as visitors during the winter seasons. Some of the well known ski resorts in Japan include:

日本語: ニセコ町里見付近から望む
日本語: ニセコ町里見付近から望む (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Niseko Ski Resort

Niseko ski destination is situated in the Northern island of Hokkaido and is known for the excellent snow conditions. Niseko ski resort is believed to be the most visited snow resort by foreign travelers. This resort has a guaranteed all-year round powder snow from the infamous Mt. Yotei, making this destination one of the sought after ski resorts in Japan.

  • Tomamu Ski Area

Tomamu ski resort is also located in the Northern island of Hokkaido. It is a vast area that is well developed with state of the art hotels with hot springs and immense snow powder forming a favorable environment for skiing in Japan.

  • Shiga Kogen Ski Resort

Shiga Kogen ski resort is situated in the main island of Kyushu and is highly regarded as the largest skiable piece of land in Japan. This skiing resort is well endowed with excellent skiing conditions that continue to startle ski lovers who cannot put down their ski gears. This ski resort is also a perfect destination for amateur skiers who would love to develop their skills.

  • Fujiten Snow Resort

Fujiten snow resort is situated on the slopes of Mt. Fuji, one of the Japans most famous mountains. At this resort, you will find great recreational facilities for your kids, where they canlearn new skiing tactics with professional skiers. The high altitude provided by Mount Fuji form a great environment for cross-country and freestyle skiing.

  • Hakuba Ski Resort

Hakuba ski resort is located in the northwest of Nagano Prefecture, in the main island of Kyushu. The resort is a perfect destination for downhill skiing. This resort is well known for hosting the 1998 downhill events in the Winter Olympics.

It is important to note that there are a number of emerging ski resorts in Japan that are doing well as travel destinations for skiers. Most of these emerging ski resorts in Japan are located in the southern main island of Kyushu. The Metropolitan city of Tokyo is known to have no registered ski resorts, although there are favorable conditions that allow skiing in this world class city.

Phillip Farell,the writer, loves skiing and travelling. His wrote articles about his travels and ski experiences. One of his favorite places is Japan where he enjoys Niseko skiing to the fullest.

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